Poets unite to share creative message for change

Verses will be reproduced on various objects for worldwide celebration

Join thousands of poets in 450 cities in 95 countries Saturday (Sept. 24) as they spend the day reading and creating poems.

The goal of the global poetry event, organized by the group 100 Thousand Poets for Change, is to promote positive change through poetry, said Victoria poet laureate Linda Rogers, who is leading the local charge.

Everyone can do their part to read or create their own poems by reading their works at home, at work or by posting them online during the day-long event, she said.

“It’s about all of us coming together and speaking for the things we care about. My hope is everyone will think they’re a part of it. It’s sharing language and common humanity.”

Locally, the poetry celebrations take place at The Well, 821 Fort St., at 7 p.m.

Bring your poetry iced on cakes, written on clothing, in the form of a tattoo, or take a picture of your sidewalk chalk poetry and speak on how you shared your poetic message during the global event.

“Bring evidence and there will be prizes,” Rogers said.

The evening will feature readings by invited poets and an open-mic session, followed by a performance by Carol Sokoloff & Trio Espresso.

Admission is free, though your loose change will be appreciated to help pay for school supplies for a South African school.

For details on the global poetry event, please visit http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/

emccracken@vicnews.com